Well hello everyone! AEWCH 14 is me and Peter Rollins -- author, philosopher and radical theologian -- talking about religion without God, about desire and psychoanalysis, about the way pleasure and pain are intertwined. I have to say, this is my favorite episode so far!
A few years back I was a fan of Peter's and I hit him up. We followed each other on twitter for a bit, then hung out, and then a year later we were living together. If you like our conversation, please consider supporting Peter's Patreon as well:
IN THIS EP
Peter’s has quite a few books out. My favorite is his book of Christian koans, The Orthodox Heretic, and you might also like one of his most popular works, The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and the Discovery of Faith.
If you’d like to learn more about psychoanalysis and Jacques Lacan, who has been a major influence on Peter (not to mention me), you can read my incomplete but easy-to-read essay on him here.
Adam Phillips, psychoanalyst and author and dream guest for my show (I'm gonna make it happen one day!) wrote this great book called Darwin’s Worms. I bring up often, so just read it, already.
The book that Peter and I bonded over is Enjoying What We Don’t Have: The Political Project of Psychoanalysis by Todd McGowan. It’s great,
My essay on Charles Fourier and his powerful, enlivening, and hilarious vision of utopia is here.
The Oscar Wilde quote I mention is: "I think that the realization of oneself is the prime aim of life, and to realize oneself through pleasure is finer than to do so through pain.”
Peter and I talked on his facebook live channel once, speaking mostly about marginalized people and ideas. Here's a link to the recording.